Consequences of Role as Service Provider Essay

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3.4. Consequences of Role as Service Provider

An affirmative outcome of role as Service Provider can be attributed to the faith and esteem that organisation achieved in the State. The popularity of organisation stimulated farmers to receive its technical advice on feasible sites for DWs. Moreover, GSDA’s recommendation provided financial support for digging wells that increased irrigated area on GW almost to four fold in shortest time. Striking advent of drilling BWs catered the safe drinking water needs of rural people independently.
Though GSDA’s policy was to recommend BWs for drinking water needs, there was no legal provision for restriction on BWs for irrigation purpose. The affordable investment and day’s time required in
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Deshpande Committee (1988: 6-8) emphasised that the function of GSDA terminates with bringing GW to surface, however, it is being called upon to intensify their activities and it is necessary to keep an eye on the uniform development of whole region. Merely finding water in the sub-surface is not enough, it is also necessary to bring other issues like equitable utilisation of this water for various purposes in the purview of GSDA. These circumstances compelled organisation to adopt regulatory approach in its mandate.

7 Watershed is the unit recommended by Groundwater Estimation Committee, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India to assess the groundwater. Overexploited watersheds reveal above 100% GW development whereas critical watersheds reveal 90 to 100% GW development.

Chapter 4

GSDA Phase II -Regulatory Mode
(1993 to 2000)

Increasing conflict among the competing uses of water for various purposes such as irrigation, urban water supplies and industries etc. and poor operation and maintenance of created facilities in water sector has resulted in poor service delivery and large gap in the potential created and utilized (Maharashtra State Water Policy, 2003). The rapid spread of extraction structures and indiscriminate extraction of GW compelled the role of organisation more towards regulation oriented. This chapter discusses in detail such conditions that imparted organisation the role of regulator

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